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that john kerry is going to be speaking to during his visit. i'll be making additional calls today to some of our key foreign partners, and i suspect i'll be doing that all week and through the weekend. but as i indicated yesterday, the course of history is for people to want to be free to make their own decisions about their futures, and the international community, i think, is unified in believing that it is not the role of an outside force, where there has been no evidence of serious violence, where there has been no rationale under international law to intervene in people trying to determine their own >> yesterday and the day before, as i indicated sunday in my comments that we would prefer to find an appropriate diplomatic solution to this, and i think everybody is better served through that. but we also made it clear our determination to stand up for the integrity and sovereignty of this nation ar, our disagreemen, and we shar share with east, we, south. we made it clear the decision to go into crimea is not without cost. and now we needing to forwarto d see if we can avoid everyone
to allied world leaders. john kerry making the rounds of some of the sunday talk shows. still insisting that this is not a cold war redo, although it's obviously russia versus the west in the crisis over ukraine. harking back to an earlier era, saying it's 19th century actions on the part of russia, john kerry says he's been on the phone with allied foreign ministers over the course of the last 24 to 48 hours. here is what he told a sunday show earlier today. >> i talked to 10 of the foreign minister of those wound ris engaged the g8, and all of them are prepared to go to the hilt toest late russia. they are prepared to put sanctions in place, to isolate russia economically. the roouble is already going down. russia has major economic challenges. >> so secretary of state john kerry talking about going to the hilt with allies, including economic sanctions. evidently military action on the part of the allies or on the part of the united states. no one is seriously talking about that. other things secretary of state john kerry mentioned - isolation on trade and investment of russia, freezi
, welcome to al jazeera. secretary of state john kerry is set to meet russia's minister, amid a war of words over the standoff in crimea's peninsula. john kerry arrived for talks on-tuesday, the high level meeting the first between the two countries since russia september troops to crimea. ukraine offered little assurance of a peaceful solution. a meeting two the two country's defence ministers on tuesday epded in a stalemate, one said "we have no sign of hope." >> lisa stark joins us from washington in a moment. but jennifer glasse is in the crimea city of sevastopol. good morning. we heard from foreign minister sergei lavrov before the meeting with kerry. what did he have to say? >> good morning, sergei lavrov speaking in madrid making clear the russian position is far from the american position. moscow believes president viktor yanukovych was ousted illegally. that moscow was forced to act because what happened in kiev could be contagious, criticising the west for supporting the new government in kiev, criticising what sergei lavrov called protesters acting against the ukrainian constitut
it an unconstitutional coup and a seizure of power and john kerry arrived in ukraine and in a show of support he will meet with the new government and it's part of a u.s. plan to increase diplomatic pressure on moscow. russia risks being shut out by the g 8 industrial summit and they are not backing off and russia says troops were sent there at the request of ousted president viktor yanukovych and phil is in kiev and, phil, another department, russian putin pulled out troops on the exercise on the border of ukraine, is that a sign at all of russia changing its position in crimea? >> not in crimea, stephanie, those troops that are on the peninsula are still there, still the people in kiev woke this morning to the welcome news that at least the war games that have been conducted close to the borders are over but nevertheless the russia military president and the might is still on the minds of people here. outside st. petersburg in russia on monday putin observed the might. war games russia says and a glimpse nonetheless of the military fire power. that same overwhelming force has captured the peni
kerry takes part in one of two rounds of talks with russian officials. >>> we're keeping an eye on a busy day of events. at the bottom of the hour chuck hagel and joint chiefs chairman martin dempsey are due to testify on capitol hill. secretary kerry meets with his russian counterpart in paris. also at 11:00, they are due to meet with nato military alliance and president obama delivers remarks as comments originally suppose fobd cussed on minimum wage are likely to include some mention of the crisis in ukraine we're told. >>> let's begin with our coverage of russian lawmakers drafting legislation that would allow moscow to confiscate assets of american and european companies. the russian retaliation of sanctions could have a relatively small impact on the u.s. russian interests make up 1% of american trade but europe has far more to lose. since trade has ballooned in post-soviet times. just the first nine months of the last year the european union imported more than $200 billion worth of goods from russia. coroner nn's phil black is in moscow. is there an appetite for sanctions
that look similar. >> visiting ukraine, a show of sol dar tit from secretary of state john kerry -- solidarity from secretary of state john kerry, walking down a street, honouring those killed by snipers. john kerry said russia's concerns about protecting ethnic russians carries a hidden agenda. >> i think russia is working hard to create a pretext to invade further. >> the implication that vladimir putin has designs on crimea and the east and south, areas with strong cultural ties to russia. john kerry spoke out about russia's move against crimea. >> we condemn the russian's federation act of aggression. we have, throughout the moment, evidence of a great transformation taking place, and in that transformation we will stand with the people of ukraine. >> there was one dramatic moment between ukrainian troops and russian soldiers. a tense standoff. it was on camera. randall pinkston is here with more on that. >> ukraine's military evicted by russian forces this past weekend said they wanted to do their duty, to return to belbek, to protect the air force. their risky, maybe foolha
a carpet of flowers and a very moving moment for john kerry as he stood there and remembered the dead. he is now talking to politicians, to the prime minister, and he has something to offer. he said that president obama will work with congress to approve a billion dollars in loan guarantees. now, this will mainly help with cuts in subsidies to fuel costs for ukrainians. it is generally considered that fuel has been too cheap here which, of course, if the sud d sud /* subsidies are taken away will be a hardship for ukraineians and he said the u.s. will help with the economic challenges in ukraine and help to stamp out corruption and the united states also helped with providing some observers for the presidential e elections, the forthcoming presidential e elections. finally, because the u.s. is the main contributor to the international monetary fund, he said the united states is ready to support a listening program, a big lending program from the imf because ukraine is broke. it's teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. all of that, of course, in addition to, i am sure, discussions about w
general kerry is due to meet the russian foreign minister for talks in paris later today. among the discussions could be the areas discussed between president and angela merkel last night. that is for international monitors to be put on the ground in crimea. russian forces back to base. sergei lavrov has made it clear in the last few hours that the troops on the ground in crimea are not russian. he says they are from self-defense forces looking to russia for protection, but not members of the russian military. those are the outlines of the developments so far today. let's just listen to a little of what sergei lavrov had to say in mid drid. >> translator: i would to understand what you understand by pro russian forces. these are the forces of self-defense created by the residents of crimea. we did not order them. they didn't get any orders from us. as to the military personnel of the black sea fleet, they are in places of their dislocation, yes. some additional measures of extra vigilance were taken to provide the security of the troops of the police fleet. as our president said
into ukraine air space. watching it all very closely is united states. secretary of state john kerry discussing rising tensions this morning. >> we raise the issue of the airports, we raise the issue of armored vehicles and personnel in various places. while we were told that they are not engaging in any violation of the sovereignty and do not intend to, i nevertheless made it clear that that could be misinterpreted at the moment, and there are enough tensions that it is important for everybody to be extremely careful not to inflame the situation, and not to send the wrong messages. >> most crimeaens are ethnic russians. ussr collapsed in 1991, crimea became part of an independent ukraine. >> this is the tension that exists within ukraine itself. this is an east-west tension right within ukraine. >> a crimea is home to one of the major naval bases as well as pipelines that pump natural gas from russia. ousted president viktor yanukovych surfaced for the first time in public since fleeing the capitol last week. he spoke in russia. >> i intend to keep fighting for the future of you vain against t
john kerry to issue these cautionary words. >> an intervention would, in our judgment, be a very grave mistake. it would be completely contrary to russian policies as stated now with respect to libya, syria, other places. and any acts -- the question is whether or not what is happening now might be crossing a line in any way and we're going to be very careful in making our judgments about that. >> cnn's ian lee is joining us live from kiev. what can you tell us about the airport and the air space closed? >> reporter: well, jake, the men that have taken this airport or who have been there, i think we don't know who they are but i think what we are seeing is the most telling. these are very professional looking soldiers. they have new equipment, new uniforms, and they are moving in a way that is not would be like a rag-tag force. we don't know why the air space has been closed. neither the civil administration here in kiev or in the crimea has given any reason why or when it will reopen again. but definitely tense times here. >> what do you know about reports of the russian military movi
's about defending rights and john kerry is heading to kiev on tuesday to meet with members of the interim government and british foreign minister william hague is there right now. we have live team coverage this morning and lisa stark is in washington and begin with phil who is in kiev. good morning, phil, the russians surrounding a ukrainian base in crimea and have operational control of the peninsula. what is happening now in crimea and just off shore in the black sea? >> well, stephanie, they are consolidating power on the crimea peninsula. they have surrounded a number of military bases there but we have spoken to ukrainian intelligence sources who say there are still some very strong, capable ukraine units and threats coming from the other side of the border. we have learned today that the ukraine intelligence officials are aware of where russian tanks are located. just on the other side of the border, less than 150 miles away from the capitol, if they decide to come into ukraine as a greater effort, not just crimea but ukraine and vladimir putin asked for it in the parliament and sa
if the m imea. but john kerry who visited the capitol of kiev and president obama insisted what vladimir putin says does not match what's happening on the ground. >> i don't think that's fooling anybody. i think everybody recognizes that although russia has legitimate interests in what happens in a neighboring state, that does not give it the right to use force as a means of exerting influence inside of that state. >> we condemn the russian federation's act of aggression. it is clear that russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. russia has talked about russian-speaking minority citizens who are under siege. they're not. and in fact this government has acted remarkably responsibly by urging total calm. >> now, today mr. putin would not acknowledge to reporters that russian troops were even in crimea, but he did say his intentions are not a takeover of crimea. >> we are not going to go to wor with ukraine, but you crepe has the army. i want you to understand clearly. if we do this, it will only be to protect local people. >> now, russia plans to me
, i want to thank you. and god bless all of you. >> secretary of state john kerry will be speaking for the american israel public affairs committee. his speech is scheduled to get underway at about 6 p.m. eastern. live coverage starts at 5:00 with her marked by senator chuck schumer of new york. and secretary kerry will leave tonight for ukraine. reuters is running a story about an increasing military threat that says, in part, russia's thek sea fleet has told forces in crimea to surrender. if they do not surrender by 5 a.m. tomorrow, a real assault will be started in the divisions of armed forces across crimea. that again, from reuters. earlier today at aipac, senator russiacain commented on and the ukraine. here's what he -- a bit of what he had to say. [video clip] >> i come to you with a heavy heart of what is happening in the ukraine. it is directly related to what is happening in the middle east him and obviously we know that what happens in the you middle east -- in the middle east is vital to the existence of the state of his -- israel. i will not go through the history of
's growing signs of separatism. on the diplomatic frond, the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is rejecting suggestions of cold war rivalries in the way moscow reacted to the crisis. they are being told to watch for attempts by viktor yanukovych to move funds. his whereabouts is unclear. >> the situation in kiev has not had much of an impact on farmers and villages in the east until now. people feel ukrainian and are worried their way of life could be under threat, from the ukrainian border near the city. >> ukraine's border with russia stretches 2,000km. in this town, the decaying symbols of the soviet union are everywhere. in the cemetery a proud gravestone of a hero. planted in the middle, there's nothing here to mark the followers forced collectivization. this breadbasket suffered a famine killing 6 million people. >> in the center of the town, the only monument is to those that died in the war against the nazis. the opposing of the president in kiev has divided opinions even here. >> you call this life? >> it's not, it's a funny farm. if i had a chance i would have fled to russia. >> t
.s. secretary of state john kerry is due to meet ukraine's leaders on tuesday to show support. the u.s. is suspending military exercises and trade talks with russia, and says it may consider sanctions. meanwhile the international body that keeps an eye on security in europe is conducting a fact-finding mission in ukraine. >> diplomatic editor james bays has this report from the united nations in new york. >> the third security council meeting about ukraine in four days. this time it was called by the russian ambassador, and it soon became clear why. church -- vitaly churkin had a letter from the former president viktor yanukovych. russia is accused of invading crimea. "no, we were invite in." it prompted strong condemnation from other ambassadors. >> russia had every right to wish events in ukraine turned out differently. it does not have the right to show that by using military force and trying to convince the community that up is down and black is white. >> russians claim that mr viktor yanukovych called for russian military intervention. we are talking about a former leader who a
the importance? >> well secretary of state john kerry has been in touch with his colleague, neither country wants to intervene at this stage. in america, let's understand first of all there is no lust or desire on the part of the american people to intervene and get entangled in global war. we have seen that. we saw that with syria. it is interesting that foreign minister and john kerry have already over syria last august worked out a diplomatic approach. i think the eu, the united states and russia have to be deeply concerned about a very grim reality. ukraine is bankrupt. probably needs 35 billion in short assistance. russia has been subsidizing natural gas. is the eu, which is already dealing with austerity politics to bail out, is the united states which needs to rebuild at home and invest in infrastructure ready to intervene in another country. so there are real limits on both countries, the united states and russia. >> though kerry and labarov have been talking to each other. russia went right ahead and conducted a massive drill with 150,000 troops right on the border of ukraine. you have w
in kiev. so we're awaiting the president. his advisers, secretary of state kerry, national security adviser susan rice, have said that -- have warned russia against intervention in the affairs of ukraine, but there's been no indication how the u.s. might respond to it. >> can you give us a sense of this resurfacing of viktor yanukovych, who surfaced. where did he surface and give us an idea of what the surroundings were around that? >> well, he resurfaced in moscow, eric. said he was still the legal leader, if you will, of ukraine, though that is definitely not the white house belief. he said that he had fled out of fear for his own safety and that of his family, and gave no indication he was prepared to abdicate, though officials here say he has done precisely that by leaving the country at a time of crisis. they say ukraine's parliament acted lawfully in electing a transition government. it's that government the u.s. is working with along with nato and the monetary fund to provide ukraine the money it needs to get through this period. and as far as the folks here are concerned, he
of the cold war. tomorrow, secretary of state john kerry is set to go to kiev where the crisis began. that's where we saw the deadly protests. the latest action is in crimea, a region along the black sea. strategically important and socially as well. it is important to russia because the russian navy has a base there. a warm water port here to the black sea. russian officials say they're trying to protect their citizens in the region, which is dubious to hear from many analysts. secretary of state called that a trumped up excuse. we have team fox coverage. wendell is live with reaction from the white house. first, let's get to eric shawn at the united nations. we're expecting a meeting to happen within the hour. right? >> yes, that meeting of the emergency meeting of the security council, 30 minutes from now here at the u.n. the third time the security council diplomats have gathered during the crisis. russia has called for the meeting so we'll have to see the implications of that. perhaps if it had to do with the supposed deadline. there's -- the ukrainian ambassador tells us there is a t
.s. chaims that number is -- claims that number is much higher, perhaps 16,000. jeact john kerry is i -- secrety of state john kerry is in kiev. when it was reported that russia had issued an ultimatum, although russia denied making a threats. today president obama said russia's violation of international law will be in his words a costly proposition. >>> the tensions over crimea drew gractly over the weekend as a steady stream of forces, pressure is growing across ukraine with al jazeera's journalists covering key developments. >> ukrainians are preparing themselves for war. in kiev where there has already been so much bloodshed, people expressed their allegiance to ukraine and their defiance of russia. it's fighting rhetoric and for now, it still is only talk. people have been responding enthusiastically to the call to mobilize. here there are young men, there are older men. people with military experience. people without any military experience at all. but yo who still want to take p. we have visited a total of three stations in and around kiev and already in the first few hours se
at your ford dealer. >>> moments ago, a new york jury acquitted kerry kennedy of driving while impaired. join me now, ashleigh banfield of host of cnn's "legal view" along with jeffrey toobin and jean casarez. is jeffrey toobin on the phone? that's why i don't see him. >> ashleigh, let me start with you. >> they just decided that what her lawyers had put in court before them sounded pretty darn plausible, that is that she mixed up medication in the morning, instead of taking a thyroid, she took an ambien and set out for her day of errands, including going to the gym. who takes an ambien with plans to go to the gym. once on the highway, while drivinger rat particularly, her experts clearly convinced this jury she couldn't be responsible for knowing she was driving erratically because of this drug. they just decided that that sounded plausible enough to them that there was reasonable doubt that these prosecutors said, she is a kennedy. they quoted her book to seek truth for justice in their closing. this he decided that her defense sounded like something they should understand. >> when yo
with ukraine. >>> secretary of state john kerry says the u.s. is prepared to offer the new ukraine government $1 billion in loan guarantees but he says russia must not get the wrong idea about american involvement in the ukrainian uprising. >> we are hoping that russia is not seeing this as sort of a continuation of the cold war. we do not see it that way. we do not believe this should be an east-west, russia-united states. this is not rocky iv, believe me we do not see it that way. >> introduced today as the main protest camp in kiev. tim friend is in ukrainian capitol. >> in a freezing independence square the politicians have been forces to consult the -- forced to consult the people who believe they achieved a revolution in ukraine. for those pitching to be part of a new ukraine, yetsenyuk, and yulia tymoshenko's fatherland party. >> this way people feel united. >> we believe maidan fulfilled its role. people need to fulfill their interests. we have to stand for what we want, and they act according to their wishes. that's how we'll get the future that we want. >> if anyone thought that fol
the past two days. we heard again from secretary of state john kerry and he has spoken for a second consecutive day with sergey lavrov, warning about a russian incursion and sovereignty of ukraine. then we heard from jay carney, a warning of grave consequences if russia were to go into ukraine. then suddenly about 5:00 eastern time, president obama appeared in the briefing room and here's what he had to say. >> we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the russian federation inside of ukraine. russia has a historic relationship with ukraine clul cultural and economic including cultural and economic ties. anything incursion would be deeply destabilizing which is not in the best interest of ukraine or europe. >> there would be a cost if russia been into ukraine. what would be the cost? military intervention on the part of nato or the united states, completely out of the question. what is the other? sanctions? earlier i spoke with an official and they said they are considering, the sochi winter olympics just concluding there, likely not going to go if this s
john kerry making phone calls and defence secretary william hague calling his counterpart in russia. the u.s. is trying to reach out. now, secretary of state john kerry is of note. he spoke with the acting ukrainian president and the secretary of state put out this statement saying: >> he went on to say a bevy of international bodies will meet in emergency sessions. watch the next 24 to 48 hours to be crucial. we'll find out if there's a deescalation or increase in tensions going forward. >> i want to bring in phil ittner from moscow and nick schifrin from kiev. you raise a lot of good points, the first is whether russia seems serious enough to move ahead with the threats of sending soldiers into crimea. i want to hear your thoughts on that, phil. i want to hear whether it's a serious move or whether russia may be making the guest ours to influence politics in ukraine? >> this is what a lot of people wonder. again i mentioned earlier that vladimir putin didn't have to go to parliament. he has it fully within powers that he has to send in the troops without warning. so there is some
the german plag, the u.s. flag, the secretary of state john kerry is going to be making a statement together with the visiting foreign minister of germa germany. presumably they'll be speaking about what's going on in ukraine right now and serious fears here in the united states, potentially. let's hope it doesn't happen, the russians could intervene militarily in their neighboring country of ukraine. we'll monitor what the secretary of state and german foreign minister have to say once they start speaking. standby, we'll go to the state department. in the meantime check other news we're monitoring. attorney general eric holder in a washington, d.c. hospital right now. he was taken there earlier today after feeling faint. he also had shortness of breath. moments ago the white house press secretary jay carney talked about holder's health in the white house briefing. >> got anything to say about the attorney general being hospitalized, the president made aware? >> the president has been made aware. and i think the department of justice has put out a statement that as a precaution when he felt
, cutting 75 positions. >>> and we have breaking news. a verdict is in in the trial of kerry kennedy who was charged with driving while impaired. our live desks that been monitoring a press conference and we'll bring us up-to-date in a bit. >>> and we're also keeping a close eye on conditions in parts of california today. where they could get the most rain they have gotten in two years. and a political announcement, the congressional spouse wants to take her husband's job. stay with us. >>> a jury found kerry kennedy not guilty of driving while impaired. it was a unanimous decision. she was accused of being impaired when she crashed into a rack to tractor trailer in 2010. she said she accidentally took a sleeping pill instead of thyroid medication. >> we need to take a hard look at our criminal justice system in the united states to make sure that it really is just and that everyone in our country has true access to justice. >> kennedy said she's grateful for the verdict. she faced up to one year in jail. at the live desk. barbara. >>> last year, thousands of you had to stay home without
john kerry is due to immediate the leaders on tuesday to show support. the u.s. is suspending military exercises and trade talks with russia and says it may consider sanctions. meanwhile an international body that keeps an eye on security in europe is conducting a fact-finding mission in ukraine. there has been a standoff between russia and ukrainian troops at an air base in crimea and soldiers have apparently agreed to cooperate with the russians. the ukrainian soldiers at the base walked toward russian troops carrying ukraine and soviet flags and in a moment we will be live in moscow with rory but let's go to crimea where we have lawrence lee standing by. lawrence it has been a pretty eventful morning. what is the situation there? >> well, it's midday here in crimea and we may be about to learn something new perhaps as to the direction of travel in this conflict. remember all that talk of ultimati mushgs -- ultimatium and no shots have been fired yet but what happened at balbeck military air base in estopple, soldiers approached the armed russians guarding the base and said to them t
of this is the green tinge gingrich.ridge -- that is essentially an employee salary. this is a kerry interest loophole. this allows managers to pay 23% tax rate instead of 29.6. he sees expansion. they are also expansions of childcare, credits and some other educational tax breaks as well. you mentioned no surprises in the tax break story you're talking about. surprises anywhere else in the budget? what is being most closely watched this morning cap come guest: i will look at how much spending and debt and economic rejections. this will be interesting where obama and the white house will say this is what we think unemployment will look like, the economy will look like. is going tobudget spend around $3.7 trillion or so . we want to see exactly what he is recommending for each show agency and the deficit projections for 10 years. they say it will be low work, but how to make at work. obama will not be including the chain cpi proposal. inflation is measured that would have the effect of lowering social security benefits and other federal benefits. the aarp andsed by liberals in congress. arguing itthat
of the midon, the crisis in the ukraine has changed its face. it hasn't dissipated. and today secretary kerry was greeted in kiev by ukrainians pleading for the continued support of the united states. and so having been so clear voiced in our support of the ukrainian people thus far since the tproe tests began last november, now is the moment when republicans and democrats should stand united in this congress so years from now when a group assembles in kiev marking the anniversary of this grave crisis they will celebrate ukraine's political sovereignty and economic rebirth with more chance of thanks to the united states. so, in what shape should this support come? first, we need to stand together in the next week to deliver serious financial assistance to ukrainian economy that is weak and is growing weaker as this crisis persists. a $1 billion aid package is a good start, but our real work must happen within the structures of the i.m.f., which can provide the potentially tens of billions of dollars necessary to fully right the ukrainian economic ship. and while ukraine does need to undergo e
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are the countries trying to resolve this. russia in the east and eu and united states on the west and john kerry and lavrov have had a second day of discussing this issue on the phone and they have reached certain agreements, although, one thing they are both saying in common is that they do not want ukraine to split. that's what the new government in ukraine in kiev is saying as well. people here in crimea and 3/4 of the people here, ethnic russians speaking russian, a lot of them are now saying, you know what, there's a referendum in may about what we do. we would like to secede from ukraine now. we want to be with russia. >> bill neely, thank you so much. we appreciate it. >>> joining me now adam schiff, thank you for being here. we appreciate it. >> you bet. >> let's pick up on that point, russia denying involvement in that airport raid. do you believe russia? >> well, russia may not have been directly involved in the sense of sending russian troops to the airport, but that doesn't mean play being a role subross is a, they have a lot of levers at play to use in the ukraine. it is certainly t
from u.s. officials ranging from secretary kerry, secretary hagel right up to the top, right up to the president. you saw his comments yesterday. it is a sobering development. the fact is, u.s. officials were already telling us yesterday that those masked troops on the ground as of yesterday in and around crimea were russian so now you have a public in effect acknowledgment from the russian government that the president wants to send troops in there, this authorization. i think the other point is that you can see this as an intelligence failure by the u.s. officials had been telling us in the last 48, 72 hours that it was their assessment that the russians would not go in, and here you have it happening. it is not the way they did it in georgia in 2008. you remember when russia sent troops into the country of georgia in 2008 in a more sort of visible, tangible invasion, tanks rolling across the border. there are no tanks rolling across the border but you do have a public authorization of force and more of maybe you can call it a stealth invasion, perhaps. you have the helicopter
's almost certainly like. is crimea on the brink of war? it's hard to say. >> secretary of state john kerry has a message for russia as it begins military exercises near the border of ukraine. he says this is no time for russia to interfere. russia says the military exercises were scheduled in advance of upraises. he was assured by russian foreign minister that russia will report ukraine sovereignty. we believe that everybody needs to step back and avoid provocations, and we want to see in the next days ahead, obviously, that the choices russia makes conform to this arm nation that we received today. this comes as president viktor yanukovych is getting ready to come out of hiding. he scheduled a press conference on friday. viktor yanukovych is asking russia to protect him from extremists. if any country, ukraine was wondering about, there's a display going on right now. vladimir putin put two of russia's four military districts on high alert. land, sea and air power, tested for readiness. moscow insists the war games are not connected to the events in ukraine. n.a.t.o. hit a warning agains
hear the escalating alarm in secretary of state john kerry's voice. he spoke with sergei lavrov, his russian counterpart. jay carney's voice, he warned of a grave mistake if russia impinged upon the integrity of sovereign ukraine. president obama appeared in the briefing room at 5 o'clock and talked about cost to russia if they go ahead with what is apparently a military intervention. what are the costs. i spoke with a senior administration official. first and foremost they are talking about the g8. it's in sochi. that is familiar to most people, the site of the concluded winter olympics. hard to see how the g8, would join the americans and russia - it looks like that will be cancelled. russians said they want to keepen trade ties with the united states it's on hold. they are talking and pointing to the fact that the ruble appears to be losing value as part of the consequences that they see in the real world is taking place. >> president obama said a brief statement. here is part of it. >> we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the russian federation in
john kerry met with russian foreign ministers sergei lavrov in a session that was intended to be about lebanon. >> the suspending u.s.-russia engagement, and suspending g-8 summit. russia made a choice. we believe it is a wrong choice, the choice to move troops into crimea. >> reporter: on wednesday the european union offered ukraine $15 billion in aid. the same amount russia offered the country before former ukrainian president viktor yanukovych ouster. the e.u. plans to meet thursday about the possibility of sanctions but so far the group has treaded lightly. >> crisis diplomacy is not a weakness but it is more important than ever for us not to fall into the abyss of a military escalation not to blunder into this abyss. >> summited osummitvladimir puts unfazed. the u.s. really has little economic leverage. for example, russia and germany have strong economic ties. germany is the biggest importer of russian gas and oil. some of it comes through pop lines across the ukraine. russian supplies account for 36% of all german gas consumption. german leader angela merkel has taken on a quiet
ask me, i'll be happy to run. >> nick shifrin, in kiev, secretary of state john kerry spoke with russia's foreign minister and asked for the ukraine to work with its allies. mike viqueria is following the developments. mike, what is the balance in attempting to trying with russia? >> tony, you can see a level of alarm, concern, rhetoric, picked up a level over the last 24 to 48 hours. for one, the situation you just described in the crimeaan peninsula and the russian military exercises outside the ukraine within russian territory. we heard talking about the territorial sovereignty of the ukraine, the accepting of those principles. meeting with the german foreign minister, and secretary kerry related part of his conversation with sergey lavrov. >> secretary of state laivesecrt the military exercise which has been conducted is not related to the ukraine and was previously scheduled but also important reaffirmed president putin's statement that russia will respect the territorial integrity of ukraine. good also a top priority among russia, the united states and the eu is econom
exercises near ukraine's borders in a few hours. john kerry said it is no time to interfere, and adds he's assured by the russians this the manoeuvres were scheduled before the recent uprising. >> we believe that everybody needs to step back and avoid any kind of provocations. we want to see in the next days ahead, obviously, that the choices russia makes conform to the affirmation that we received today. >> as jennifer says, ousted president viktor yanukovych still in hiding issued a statement saying he's asked russia to ensure his safety from extremists. rory challands has more from moscow. >> if any country, ukraine, for example, was wondering about russia's military capabilities, conveniently there's a display going on. vladimir putin put two of russia's four military districts on high alert. land, sea and air power tested for readiness. moscow insists that the war games are not connected. n.a.t.o. is warning against escalation. >> i urge russia not to take action escalating tension or creating misunderstanding. i urge the new ukrainian leadership to continue its efforts to establish
state john kerry urged all parties not to inflame the situation. >> we urge all parties, that includes the new interim technical government, rightists, oppositionists, others, anybody in the streets that are arm, we urge all parties to avoid all steps that could be misinterpreted or lead to miscalculation or do anything to work, to bring peace and stability, and peaceful transition within the governing process of ukraine. >> the white house is also keeping a close eye on the situation in ukraine. >> we're not going to speculate about what we might do if something might happen. we're going to focus on the kinds of communication we're having right now, and focus on the international 1969 to assist ukraine. >> as the reportedly russian-backed soldiers took up their positions in crimea, former ukrainian president viktor yanukovych, was holding a news conference in southern russia. he insists he is still president of the country. >> i repeat it over again. i'm the elected president of ukraine, and i remain the legitimate president of ukraine. >> philty nery joins us live, and the country is
in on a written request from the ousted president mr. yanukovych u.s. secretary of state john kerry is due in kiev later today. they will start consultations on how to shore up ukrainian economy. let's just show you the pictures from the military air base a few hours ago. there was this shooting incident. what happened was the ukrainian soldiers, unarmed ukrainian soldiers singing the ukrainian national anthem, carrying the ukrainian flag marched towards where the russian soldiers were. these are russian troops who had taken over the military base. the ukrainians had been housed in a section of the base. they never actually left. but they wanted to take over or regain control of the area, the operational area where the russians were in control. there was some 300 ukrainians we're hearing who marched with that flag and singing those songs. but they were confronted by a dozen russian soldiers who then did fire several volleys of shots in the air and threatened if they came any closer to the ukrainians they would shoot them in the legs. this is exactly the sort of incident that the world has been fea
kerry and -- was absolutely right and the president was absolutely right in telling russian president putin that he he better think twice before he considers any kind of military intervention in ukraine. that is not something that can be or should be tolerated, and russia must understand that it cannot be a business as usual. if they make any military moves into ukraine, it's going to cost them a great deal in their relationships with the united states and with our european allies in the european union. it can't be business as usual. which leads me to iran. we are in very delicate negotiations with iran right now. the one thing that everybody agrees the p-5 plus one is that at the end of the day iran must not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. i have been very critical of the iranian regime through the years and continue to be so. what i. me especially is that while they are negotiating with us, they are continuing to wreak havoc in all different parts of the world. iran remains the leading supporter of terrorism throughout the world. in fact, if we look just next door into syria, a
for protection. secretary of state john kerry's warning russia not to make a, quote, grave mistake by sending troops to ukraine. >>> meanwhile, pro-russian forces are taking a stand in the important region of crimea. clarissa ward is there where a new troop took control. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. russian news agencies are reporting that viktor yanukovych, the ousted president, may already be in moscow, that he's being granted refuge by the russian government after he claimed that his life was in danger from extremists. he also said that he is still the legitimate president of ukraine. meanwhile, in the south of the country, in the important crimea region, a tense armed standoff continues. there was chaos and confusion in crimea this morning after armed gunmen took over regional government buildings and flew the russian flag. "nobody knows what's going on inside at the moment," this man said. "we only saw the building being taken over, some 30 fully armed people ran inside." the events came on the heels of clashes yesterday between pro-russian demonstrators an
are issuing a warning to russia to not create a conflict. >> secretary kerry is speaking to the press this morning and he is going to try and calm the fast-moving events on the ground. while viktor yanukovich claims he is still the president, the white house is working with a new prime minister that needs to quickly unite a divided ukraine. with russian warplanes on the border, secretary kerry urged restraint on thursday. >> we believe everybody now needs to step back and avoid any kind of provocations. >> he stressed ukraine alone should decide its fate. >> it's not our choice. it's not russia's choice it's the choice of the people of ukraine. >> but like russia the united states is involved behind the scenes, and pushing transitional government to include all parties, and it plans to offer ukraine a $1 billion loan to prop up the family economy. when the crisis began to fall supporters threw their support to the protesters, and even feeding them. obama stopped short of praising this evolution. and then president bush hailed the orange revolution as a budding de
. secretary of state john kerry warned moscow against any military intervention in ukraine. >> this is not a zero-sum game. it is not a west versus east. it should not be. it is not a russia or the united states or other choices. this is about people of ukraine and ukrainians making their choice about their future. >> reporter: nato defense ministers say they support ukraine's territory and sovereignty. ukrainian lawmakers will vote on approving the new cabinet later on thursday. but the new leaders will have to face severe domestic divisions. the country's ousted president is now on an international wanted list. the whole world is paying close attention to events in the former soviet republic. chi aki ishikawa, nhk world. >>> the head of nato is warning about another hot spot, afghanistan. the country's president hamid karzai has not agreed to let u.s. troops stay in his country beyond the end of the year. anders fogh rasmussen say they may have to wait to get approval from karzai's successor. >> it may well be that president karzai won't sign, but i hope, i expect a new p
.s. secretary of state john kerry was also meeting his german counterpart, at the best of times relations between the west and russia can be tricky but he has a good relation with sergey laverof and called to to ease tensions and the two men spoken the phone. >> with respect to the events today, yes, of course we talked about it. he indicated to me he watched it on tv and saw what happened but disclaimed they had anything to do with any formal russian initiative and on the contrary they are concerned about it. >> reporter: diplomates here and around the world will watch documents in the coming hours extremely closely and comments from former president yanukovych and the first public appearance since ousted and it could shake what happens between the east, west relations and i'm james in the u.n. >> research associate of the canadian associate studies and says they would be risking the relations with the west if they got involved with crimea. >> if russia intervened illegally from all host of agreements including the u.n. russia is one of the five nuclear powers that provided ukraine with
. good you could hear the escalating alarm in secretary of state john kerry's voice. in jay carney's voice, the white house spokesman, they warned of a grave mistake if russia was to interfere in the sovereignty of ukraine. it all came about around 5:00 this afternoon, when president obama appeared in the briefing room, talked about costs to russia. what are those costs? john, i've spoken to a senior administration potential, they're talking about the g-8, it's in sochi, the site of the just concluded winter olympics. how to see how the g-8 participants, the europeans would join vladimir putin in g-8, looks like it will be cancelled if events continue the way they are now. they're also talking and pointing us to the fact that the rubel appears to be losing value at this point. consequences, in the real world are already taking place. president obama had harsh words, a beef statement but part of what he had to -- brief statement but part of what he had to say: >> we are concerned about military movements taking bin the russian federation inside ukraine. russia has historic any viola
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. secretary of state john kerry is due to meet ukraine's new leaders on tuesday to show support. the u.s. is suspending military exercises and trade talk with russia and says it may consider sanctions. an international body that keeps an eye on security in europe is conducting a facts-finding mission in ukraine. >> our diplomatic editor james bays has this report from the united nations in new york. >> the third security council meeting about ukraine in four days. this time it was called by the ruban ambassador, and it soon became clear why. vitaly churkin had a letter from deposed president viktor yanukovych. russia is accused of invading crimea. "no", said vitaly churkin, "we were invited in." it prompted strong condemnation. >> russia has every right to wish that events in ukraine turned out differently. it does not have the right to express the unhappiness by using military force or trying to convince the world community that up is down and black is white. >> the russian representative claims that viktor yanukovych called for russian military intervention. "we are talking about a f
. in the west, officials like john kerry declare support for ukraine. what exactly can they do for the country. >> ukraine will need a lot of money. the economy is in shambles, there has been a lot of corruption, it's the corrupt country in europe. the new leadership is estimating they'll need $35 billion over the next two years to sort things out. now, the international monetary fund is putting together some deal, but it will mean economic reforms. it will be painful. it will be painful in the south and east. it had old soviet style industries. that will make it difficult as well. the reforms will be painful. it will mean getting rid of a bloated government, government administration trying to modernize industry and we may see the problems we saw in greece when it tried to modernize to bring itself up to european standards. ukraine has a long way to go. it won't be easy by a long shot. the country is close to bankruptcy. this is the only way they could set a budget. it's on hold, and it may need a lot of money, a lot of money quickly. >> thank you for being with us. >> former president jimmy
of state john kerry warned russia against military action saying it would be a, quote, grave mistake. kerry saying yesterday the u.s. could offer a billion dollars of loan guarantees but the state department maybe wants some of that back later, issuing a statement that the u.s. is considering, quote, a range of options, including loan guarantees. they left the number out and noted as kerry did, that the decision has not been made. u.s. officials have said several pieces have to fall into place before any aid can be given. you have to have a government. there's not much the u.s. can do. that government has to signal intentions for reform along the lines that the imf was sort of laid out. those reforms include exchange rate flexibility. michelle broke that story the other day that they are moving towards that. fiscal consolidation getting its budget under control. the imf will take the lead and the u.s. and the west has to balance all of this in i way that doesn't unnecessarily antagonize russia. >> forget about it. how do you do that? especially since you have militia all over crimea. >> you
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